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Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves - 6/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals
Date & Time Sunday June 23, 2019, 1:35 PM (EDT)
Location
Nationals Park
Washington, DC
The Line
Over: 9 (-120) / Under: 9 (+100)
TV Channel
FS-South, MASN
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The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet in the rubber match of their three game NL East division set in MLB action from Nationals Park on Sunday.

The Atlanta Braves will look to win the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following a 13-9 win in game two on Saturday. Freddie Freeman went 2 for 3 with a double and five RBIs while Dansby Swanson had a home run, a double and four RBIs. Tyler Flowers had a solo home run while Nick Markakis, Johan Camargo and Charlie Culberson each had RBIs to finish off Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the win with Camargo and Culberson each adding a double. Ozzie Albies went 2 for 5 while Ronald Acuna Jr. added a base knock as well to cap off Atlanta’s offense as a team in the win. Mike Foltynewicz allowed eight runs on eight hits over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while A.J. Minter got the win in relief to improve to 1-4 this season. Mike Soroka will start the finale and is 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA and 62 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s first career start against Washington.

The Washington Nationals will look to take the series after dropping game two on Saturday. Juan Soto went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs while Matt Adams had a home run and two RBIs. Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki each had an RBI while Trea Turner went 2 for 4 and Adam Eaton added a base hit as well in the losing effort. Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on six hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Joe Ross took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. Patrick Corbin will start game three and is 6-5 with a 3.90 ERA and 102 strikeouts this season. In his career, Corbin is 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Atlanta.

Atlanta is 10-0 in Soroka’s last 10 starts against a team with a losing record and 6-0 in Soroka’s last 6 division starts while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 road games against a left-handed starter. Washington is 4-1 in Corbin’s last 5 division starts and 4-1 in Corbin’s last 5 home starts while the over is 7-2-1 in their last 10 game three matchups.

Both of these sides have a solid win in the series and it’s been a hotly contested set at that, so I can understand why the line is as tight as it is. Soroka is undefeated on the road with an ERA barely over one, while Corbin is 4-1 at home with an ERA just over two and has had a lot of success against Atlanta in his career. Which is why I’ve decided to side with the under. I think we could be in store for a big-time pitchers’ duel on Sunday with a ton of zeroes on the board, and given the pitching matchup, I think this total is too high so give me the under.

Pick:
Under: 9 (+100)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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